Thinking of buying a Morganite ring? Morganite is gorgeous and distinctive, but can you afford it?
Are Morganite rings expensive? Morganite costs roughly $300 for a one-carat stone, however quality characteristics regarding color, cut, and clarity will influence the cost of individual stones. Size will also influence the cost of a given stone, but not to the same degree you would find with diamonds or other gems.
There are a number of factors that contribute to the cost of Morganite rings. I’ll address the key influencers of cost below.
What is Morganite?
Before diving into cost drivers, it might be useful to quickly explain what Morganite is, and where it came from. Morganite comes from the Beryl family. Emerald and Aquamarine are two other well-known Beryls. Morganite gets its beautiful range of pink tones from traces amounts of manganese.
In 1902, George Kunz discovered a stone that had color shades ranging from pink to purple, which he called Kunzite. In 1910, he discovered a new stone in Madagascar, with hues ranging from pink to peach, he decided to name it after someone else. George was good friends with J.P. Morgan, the banking tycoon, and enthusiastic gem collector. He delighted Mr. Morgan by naming his new discovery Morganite.
Morganite Supply and Demand
Stones can get quite expensive when there is strong demand for a particular type, but very limited supply. Diamonds are a good example of this. If they could easily find them in your yard, for example, they wouldn’t be coveted or valuable. It’s scarcity that makes us willing to shell out large sums of money for them.
In the case of diamonds, that scarcity is carefully orchestrated and controlled by dominant players in the diamond industry. It’s the sense of rarity and exclusivity, coupled with persuasive marketing messages, that fuels the sale of diamonds at incredibly high prices!
If the market were suddenly flooded with a supply of diamonds that far outpaced demand, prices would plummet and demand would begin to dry up. We would no longer crave diamonds if they didn’t provide us with a sense of exclusivity, and we certainly wouldn’t be willing to pay much for them if they were common.
Recognizing all that, diamond cartels carefully regulate the diamond supply to give the false appearance of scarcity. It works—even small stones can cost thousands of dollars!
Morganite isn’t controlled by a cartel of any kind. It’s essentially provided to the market as it’s mined, cut, and polished.
Morganite demand is strong, and seems to be getting stronger! One popular wedding site conducted a huge survey a couple of years ago. They found that Morganite was one of the most popular non-diamond center stones for engagement rings. Moissanite and Sapphire were also at the top of the list.
Morganite is only mined in a handful of countries. It’s primarily mined in Brazil and Madagascar. Less significant discoveries have also been made in places like China, Russia, Afghanistan, a couple of spots in the US, and few places on the African continent.
The price of Morganite could easily climb much higher in future years as demand continues to increase and some of the limited mines that exist get tapped out. If those scenarios play out, the GENUINE supply and demand imbalance could make Morganite MUCH more expensive.
Be careful when buying Morganite jewelry—especially as prices climb in the future due to the rarity of Morganite. There are always fake stones floating around that are made of glass or other materials. It’s a good idea to verify the authenticity of what you’re buying with a certificate from a trusted gemological institute where possible.
Morganite Price Per Carat
Morganite is one of those stones that you may want to consider if you want something a little different than what others are wearing. It’s also a stone that some turn to when they want a colored gemstone for their ring but can’t afford to go with a colored diamond.
Morganite price per ct. is approximately $300, however, there are a couple of caveats
Value doesn’t always scale with size. Morganite is frequently found in larger fragments, so unlike diamonds and other similar gems, the value of Morganite doesn’t climb exponentially as stones get larger. In other words, a two carat stone will cost you more than a one-carat stone, but not MUCH more—and certainly not twice as much!
Color is king. As mentioned earlier, the price of a particular stone is closely associated with the aesthetic characteristics of the stone (things like color, clarity, and cut). Of those visual elements, color is the most important cost driver! A small Morganite stone with vibrant pink color on a small Morganite stone, could be many times as much as a three-carat stone with pail (weak) coloring for example.
Natural coloring adds value. Untreated stones are much more valuable than treated, or ‘enhanced’ stones. Here again, a small untreated stone with great coloring will be far more valuable than a much larger stone (with even more vibrant color) that has had its coloring enhanced.
In light of all that, you’ll sometimes find a one-carat Morganite stone for far less than $300. That sometimes happens when the stone has less desirable coloring or visible inclusions. Those stones may still work well for some rings.
On the flip-side, you can also find one carat Morganite stones that cost thousands of dollars, because they have unusual characteristics that make them far more rare.
A comparison is often helpful. If you look at Morganite price vs diamond pricing for a similar one-carat stone, white (or colorless) diamonds cost about 10 times as much. Colored diamonds (which are a better side-by-side comparison in some respects) cost a great deal MORE. While a one-carat Morganite stone costs approximately $300, a reasonably colorless diamond of similar size will typically run $3,000 to $5,000.
Morganite Value vs Diamond
We’ve already compared the cost of Morganite and Diamond, but what about the value comparison between the two?
We know that Morganite is much less expensive, but can the higher cost of Diamonds be justified? It’s a polarizing question. You can easily find people that will passionately argue their perspective on both sides. Your opinion matters most when it comes to your ring, but I’ll give you a few issues to consider.
We all use different factors to measure value. Value isn’t ONLY related to what you pay—it’s about what you get for what you pay. Based on that, the cheapest option ISN’T always the one that offers the best value.
To illustrate, think about buying jeans. Imagine buying the 3 pairs described below.
You find a pair of jeans on a clearance rack for $5. They don’t fit quite right, but hey, they’re 5 bucks…and you can’t pass that up! You figure that once the material relaxes a bit, they should work fine. You never wore these jeans out of the house. After putting them on once or twice, you decided that you don’t like them at all. The fit just isn’t right, and you don’t really love the look either. You eventually donate the jeans to Goodwill.
A month later, you come across another pair of jeans that you like. You flip the tag and find that they cost $35. The material seems durable, they fit well, and you really like the look of them. You make the purchase, and are glad you did. They’re one of your favorite pairs—very comfortable. The jeans last you for 9years, before you have to replace them.
After a movie at the mall, you walk through a store and find a pair of name brand jeans that look really nice. The cost of the jean seems like a misprint. Who would drop $300 on a pair of jeans? They look nice, fit well, and you’d love to be seen wearing that name brand. You swallow hard, buy them, wear them frequently. You continue to love the look and feel of the jeans. They last for 10 years.
It’s obvious which pair of jeans was cheapest—but which one represented the best VALUE? Most people would agree it’s NOT the first pair. Both the 2nd and 3rd pair were worn regularly and lasted a long time.
From my own perspective, the second pair was the best value, because of the combination of price and utility (usefulness). Those jeans lasted NINE YEARS! When you do the simple math, you find that she essentially paid $3.89 per year to own and wear those jeans.
The third pair lasted 10 years, so she ended up paying $30 per year for the life she got out of them. They were more durable, but from a dollars and cents perspective, the little bit of extra life they provided wasn’t worth their substantially higher price. The one unique value they did bring is a boost of self-esteem that came from wearing the popular label. Was that worth the added cost? That’s one of those questions people will have different opinions on.
Ok, so what does the example have to do with diamonds and Morganite? I’m sure you already get it, but Morganite probably most closely resembles the second set of jeans. It’s more reasonably priced, and provides lots of beauty and utility! We aren’t talking drab by any means! You’ll likely draw lots of compliments when you wear your Morganite ring.
Diamonds are very much like the 3rd pair of jeans. Some people choose this option because they feel a sense of social pressure, and feel a strong desire to conform—others may just love the look of the stone. Regardless, diamonds carry a message about social status. It’s very important to some people that their center stone be big enough to send the silent message that they’re successful. Diamonds are beautiful and will last a long time, but are they worth the added cost? Here again, different people will have differing opinions.
Why is Morganite so Inexpensive?
Rarity combined with popularity is a recipe for high prices. Diamonds are thought of as rare, but in reality, their rarity is an orchestrated illusion. Oil cartels drive the price of oil up by restricting supply. The diamond industry regulates supply in a similar way. They don’t release all that they mine—they very carefully restrict supply to prop up the high prices that give diamonds the feeling of exclusivity that makes people want them.
Morganite is a rare stone that’s found in very few places, but it isn’t consolidated, controlled and manipulated the way that diamonds have been for many decades now. That’s a huge aspect of why Morganite is so much less expensive than diamonds today.
Another key distinction: Morganite doesn’t have the well organized, and heavily funded, marketing messages that diamonds have long enjoyed, to provide awareness, shape our opinions, and fuel demand.
It’s hard to organize, and fund, a consistent and effective advertising blitz unless you have a monopoly in the market (like we’ve seen in the diamond industry for so long).
Key Drivers of Morganite Value
I mentioned earlier that for Morganite, as with most gems, color is king—it’s the most important criteria. The most sought after color for Morganite is pink. Pinks that have a darker, almost reddish hue to them are also desirable. Morganite that has more of a peach or orange hue is much less valuable.
Another important consideration of value is clarity. Morganite is generally ‘eye clean,’ meaning that you can’t see obvious inclusions with the unassisted eye (without magnification) in most cases. What’s even better is a ‘Clean’ stone, where inclusions are present in the stone at all. The more visible and obstructive inclusions are in a particular stone, the less it’s worth.
‘Treated’ or ‘enhanced’ stones undergo a heating process that reduces the orange and peach tones in the stone, making the pink tones more dominant.
Most Morganite on the market today HAS been heat treated to improve color. That’s nothing to be concerned about, but it’s something you should be aware of. The resulting color change is considered permanent. Treated stones sell better than non-treated stones with undesirable color qualities.
“Heat treatment is not detectable, does not fade, and does not hurt the beauty or value of the gem.” -Laurie Sarah
While heat treading doesn’t decrease a stone’s value, untreated stones with good color qualities are often MUCH MORE valuable because they’re far more rare.
Does Morganite Increase in Value?
It’s unlikely that Morganite will increase in value for years. You’ll lose money on nearly all rings if you resell them shortly after buying them. You’ll still typically lose money if you wait decades before selling most rings (once you adjust for inflation).
Because of growing demand, and the prospect of falling supply in the years to come, it’s possible that the value of Morganite may start to climb (possibly substantially). It’s hard to know just how much the price may go up, or how soon, because of all the variables involved.
Morganite Resale Value
Many people buy diamonds with the false belief that they’re some sort of investment vehicle that appreciates with time. This misguided notion is something that the diamond industry benefits from and even fosters through some of their advertising over time that doesn’t offer full disclosure.
Here’s the fact, diamonds are a TERRIBLE ‘investment.’ In fact, diamonds AREN’T investments—they’re consumables.
Consider this, what happens if you buy a big-screen television and then try to sell it used three months later? Can you sell it? Absolutely, if it’s in good condition and the price is right. Is anyone going to give you what you paid for it? Nope! The same is absolutely true of diamond rings.
Those that don’t believe me may have to learn the hard way, but I promise this is true. If you buy a diamond engagement ring and then try to resell it (even years later), you’re likely to be ‘taken to the cleaners.’ I’m not exaggerating!
In fact, I wrote another article where I summarized research I did around the resale value, and average losses, for used diamond rings. I was careful about the listings that I evaluated. They had to reference the original purchase price—most had pictures of their original receipts to show as evidence. You may find the article interesting.
Here’s the scoop, you’re going to lose 30% to 70% of what you paid for your diamond ring when you resell it. Are there people that would be interested in a used Morganite ring? Absolutely, but you’re also going to have to resell that ring at a discount. The question, when you compare the resale value for Morganite and Diamonds, is which one will you lose more money on?
The math is EASY, you’ll lose more reselling the diamond. That’s true because you paid a lot more for it. The article that I mentioned above will break down the math for you so you can see how things shake out when you compare the resale of a diamond and more frugal ring choice.
The term ‘expensive’ is relative. Morganite certainly brings strong value, and is much less expensive than many alternative gems. Since it’s a fairly hard stone, and has an interesting look, it’s a ring that’s growing in popularity. It’s also a stone with actual rarity, that is likely to get more rare and expensive in the future.
Morganite is a gorgeous stone, but can you really drop to one knee and propose marriage with something other than a diamond in your ring box? Many couples are now choosing Morganite for their special rings—including engagement rings!
Can Morganite be an engagement ring? Morganite can be used for engagement rings. Colored diamonds are incredibly expensive. Morganite is a much affordable alternative. Morganite engagement rings tend to feel warm, feminine, and distinctive. Their tone complements many skin tones and pairs well with a variety of metals.
There’s a lot to consider before settling on Morganite for your engagement ring. In the paragraphs that follow, I’ll tell you about the look, durability, and maintenance needs of this stone, so you can make sure it’s a good fit—and buy with confidence!
Wanting Something Distinctive
It’s always nice when someone notices your engagement ring and complements you on it! It’s common to want something that’s somewhat unique and distinctive—something that stands out and grabs attention. A head-turning diamond is something that most can’t afford. It would often consist of either a large diamond or a fancy colored diamond. The cost of BOTH of those alternatives can be STAGGERING!
If you want a ring that your partner can’t take their eyes off of, it helps to get away from the ‘cookie-cutter’ rings that are traditional in every way. There’s nothing wrong with cookie-cutter, or traditional…if those are the designs fit your sweetheart’s style preferences well, or it’s all you can afford.
You don’t have to go into serious debt to find something that stands out. Colored gemstones, like Morganite, can be a great option! They’re eye-catching, but can also cost a lot less than traditional diamond rings.
The warm tones of Morganite are different than what you usually see on engagement rings. It stands out, turns heads, and collects lots of second looks and compliments!
Color is part of the uniqueness that Morganite offers because its tone can fall anywhere along a spectrum ranging from pink to peach. A morganite color chart can help you to identify the shade that might suit you best. While Morganite engagement rings are growing in popularity, they aren’t yet so common that you’re likely to bump into others with the exact same ring, let alone the same stone color and metal pairing.
The Cost of a Morganite Engagement Ring
A morganite solitaire ring will save you a great deal of money over the cost of a comparable diamond ring! While a one-carat diamond solitaire might cost $3,000 to $5,000, a one-carat Morganite stone might cost just $300. The price will vary to some degree depending on the characteristics of each individual stone and retailer considerations.
The precise cost of a Morganite stone will be dependant on three primary variables:
The size of the stone. All else equal, a larger stone will sell for more than a smaller stone.
The vividness of the stone’s color.
The pricing strategy of a given retailer.
Naturally, rich and vivid stones are always rarer, and therefore, more valuable. Because vivid coloring is more desirable and valuable, many stones are ‘enhanced’. The stones get heat-treated to bring out richer color qualities. Enhancements should always be disclosed to the buyer. Enhancements provide the opportunity to have a look you love…and a price you can actually afford.
How Long Will Morganite Last?
The durability of Morganite (or any stone for that matter) has to do with a few key factors.
Hardness means scratch resistance. The harder a particular stone is, the less likely it is to come in contact with harder items in your everyday environment that are capable of scratching it. Diamonds are the hardest stone known to man.
Toughness has to do with how brittle an item is. Hardness has a converse relationship with toughness. Extremely hard items often aren’t tough—they’re brittle and would shatter before they give or bend.
My sister had a diamond solitaire engagement ring that fell off a counter, striking her tile floor. It broke on impact. It was hard (scratch resistant), but NOT tough (It was brittle)!
Morganite is not nearly as hard as diamonds, but it’s also not nearly as brittle. Morganite is ‘tougher’ (less brittle) than diamonds.
Usage relates to how your Morganite ring is worn (how often, how long, and during which activities).
How Hard is Morganite?
Morganite comes in somewhere between 7.5 and 8 on the Mohs Scale of Hardness. The scale is a comparative tool that shows the relative hardness of stones (which stones are harder, or softer, than other stones).
The scale was originally created by taking ten stones of various kinds and testing to see which were the most scratch resistant. The stones were then ordered bases on hardness. The least scratch-resistant was assigned a grade of ‘1’, while the most scratch-resistant got a ‘10’. All other stones were arranged similarly, based on their relative hardness. An example of the scale follows.
A rating of 8 doesn’t tell you precisely how hard a particular stone is (because this isn’t an absolute measurement). The scale really just tells us that Morganite is harder than Quartz, but softer than Sapphire, for example. That means that Morganite could scratch quartz, but it couldn’t scratch Sapphire (Sapphire would actually scratch Morganite if the two came in contact).
This is why you never want to mix your rings together when you aren’t wearing them—the stones on your harder stones will scratch your softer stones and metals.
Information on hardness is helpful to know, because the harder the stone in your engagement ring is, the less likely it is to get scratched as you wear it in everyday life. Your hands bump into all kinds of things as you move around your home, school, or office daily. The harder your center stone is, the less likely it is to get scratched when it comes in contact with hard objects in your everyday environment.
While diamonds are harder than Morganite, they are also MUCH more expensive (and still aren’t indestructible). Morganite is considered a hard stone. It’s capable of lasting for decades with proper care.
The color range of Morganite often complements Rose Gold beautifully. It also looks nice against neutral-colored metals like silver, white gold, or platinum. Morganite doesn’t look as tied in, or coordinated, when it’s paired with yellow gold. The colors aren’t complimentary.
Some sites allow you to digitally pair your Morganite stone with various ring designs and metal colors to provide a visual of how different combinations of Morganite and metals might look once they’re put together. When rings get to pick all the components of your ring, the ability to preview provides assurance that you’ll like the final look your ring before it’s assembled and shipped.
Genuine morganite rings can be purchased at surprisingly affordable prices. A one-carat Morganite stone, with good color, can be purchased for about $300. Smaller stones, or those with less attractive coloring, would be even less expensive. By comparison, a one-carat diamond would start at about 10 times the price of Morganite (roughly $3,000).
Morganite rings are quickly growing in awareness and popularity. Just as people sometimes sell used diamond rings when relationships end or they decide to upgrade their jewelry, you can also sell used Morganite rings.
While you’ll still have to resell a used Morganite ring at a loss, the same is true for used diamond rings.
Buying Morganite with Confidence
You want your fianceé to LOVE everything about their engagement ring! Guessing the ring design that your partner likes, and getting it RIGHT, can be difficult. Getting that wrong can be expensive and painful. Because of this, I suggest that you check to make sure that a Morganite engagement ring is something they would like. I would have the exact same advice regardless of the type of ring your thinking about buying.
Even traditional diamond rings may not hit the mark for your sweetheart if they have something different (like a colored gemstone) in mind.
If you’re openly exploring ring options, you can spend a little time together, looking at pictures of Morganite rings online. This could help you to have a greater level of certainty about the ring that you ultimately end up buying.
If you’re hoping to surprise your partner with the proposal, you can try to find a more subtle way to gather their opinion about Morganite engagement rings.
For example, you could talk about seeing an interesting ring on someone recently. You might say that you’ve never really seen anyone wearing that kind of stone before, and you’re not sure you like it. You could then look up an image of a morganite ring online and ask what they think.
There are lots of other ways to gather an opinion without showing your cards—get creative!
Here’s another approach—go ahead and guess. Take a chance on the fact that they’ll love a Morganite engagement ring (they probably will)—but hedge your bets by ensuring that the retailer has a solid return policy. Make sure that you understand the limitations of the return policy, so you don’t have any surprises. If you propose, and your fianceé decides that they would prefer something a little different, you can return, or exchange, the ring.
Pros and Cons of Morganite
All gems used for engagement rings have both advantages and disadvantages. The disadvantages are helpful to be aware of—but they aren’t necessarily a problem in many cases.
By the same token, many of the advantages of a given stone may be nice to be aware of—but aren’t especially important to you. You’ll have to weigh the pros against the cons to determine if Moganite (or any other stone, for that matter) is going to be a good fit for your e-ring.
The Pros of Morganite for Engagement Rings:
It’s an inexpensive colored gemstone
It’s Durable. The stone is relatively hard and is capable of enduring daily wear
It’s a more unique looking ring than your typical diamond allows
It compliments most skin tones
It’ pairs beautifully with Rose Gold
The stone is quite rare
The Cons of Morganite for Engagement Rings:
It’s less scratch-resistant than Sapphire and diamond
The peachy-pink tone can clash with some metals and other colored gemstones
Some brides may want a more traditional looking stone
Morganite makes a beautiful engagement ring! It’s a durable stone that can stand up to everyday wear as long as you care for it. Morganite is a rare stone that can help you to create a distinctive looking ring that grabs lots of attention. Fortunately, all those benefits don’t come with an unreachable pricetag. You’ll actually SAVE money when you choose Morganite over many other gem options.
When you’re looking to buy Morganite, how do you know that you’ve found a high quality stone?
How is Morganite graded? There is no universal standard for grading Morganite, but these gems are typically graded by assessing the color quality of the stone, as well as the presence and prominence of any visible inclusions. The combination of letters and numbers used to communicate grades, varies between grading models.
Morganite is a rare and beautiful stone, but quality and value varies. It’s one that is frequently imitated, so it’s important to understand the basics of quality, grading, and verification. This article should help you to shop more confidently and protect yourself.
Jewelers Speak Different Dialects
Many years ago, before my first trip to India, I broke out my trusty Encyclopedia (that used to be our internet), and tried to learn all I could about the country and culture. As I recall, at the time, they said the country had something like 14 languages and 1,000 dialects.
Each area that I visited in that beautiful country, seemed to speak a new language. Many of the people I met were fluent in 8 or 9 different languages—they had to be in order to communicate in their daily lives.
Jewelers and Gemologists often speak various dialects too when it comes to grading different types of gems and stones. They’re usually interested in the same characteristics, but communicate about them in different ways. Things get confusing when you hear two or three different sources giving you grading information in inconsistent formats. Some use numbers, while others use letters. Still others have systems that combine both letters and numbers.
GIA (Gemological Institute of America), can create reports on morganite that document feature detail, but they aren’t grading reports—and therefore won’t contain a grade or score. What the report will reference, are details like weight, measurement information, shape, cut detail, and color description. The report can also verify whether the stone is natural or synthetic, and will mention any enhancement treatments that evaluators were able to detect.
One grading system developed by GIA that’s used for colored gems divides various types of colored stones into three categories (Type 1, Type 2, and Type 3). Type 1 includes stone types that rarely have visible inclusions (imperfections that are visible without magnification). Type 2 are more included stones. Type 3 have even more easily visible inclusions.
These three groupings categorize the type of stone, in general, based on common characteristics of the gem. In addition to that more general categorization, the system then applies a rating to the specific stone being evaluated as well.
The individual stone grades include:
VVS – Very, Very Slightly Included
VS – Very Slightly Included
SI1 – Slightly Included I
SI2 – Slightly Included 2
I1 – Included 1
I2 – Included 2
I3 – Included 3
Inclusions get more significant and visibly obvious as you move down each level until you reach the most included category of stones (I3). The final, combined, grading tells you something important about the family of stone, but also how well a specific gem measures up against the natural characteristics it’s normally known for.
Morganite is a ‘Type 1’ gem, meaning that they’re generally clear stones that don’t have inclusions that can be observed with the naked eye (without magnification). If a Type 1 stone has a visible inclusion, it typically won’t be used for jewelry unless the setting sufficiently covers the inclusion, so it’s no longer visible.
Another system that’s used by some, assigns a letter grade based on color and presence of inclusions. The grading range includes B, A, AA, and AAA. ‘B’ stones are lighter shades and more included. On the other end of the scale, AAA are darker and more clear.
The 4 C’s for Colored Gems
The 4 C’s that determine diamond value, are also applicable to Morganite, and other colored stones, but their value is weighted a little differently.
The famous 4 C’s include:
For colored gems, like Morganite, color is, by far, the most important factor. Morganite comes in numerous shades pink that sometimes blend with orange that lead to more peachy-pink colorings. For Morganite specifically, a darker shade is going to be more desirable and valuable than a lighter shade—stones with deeper and richer coloring are more rare.
The Source of Color
The beautiful shades of pink that are so typical of Morganite, come from traces of Manganese in the stone. As with any mined stone, the concentration of a specific element on the rock constantly changes, leading to variation in the mined stone. Some is mostly colorless, with only the slightest hint of pink, while other sections of stone have a deep rosy pink hue.
Morganite is most commonly found in soft shades of pink that can also incorporate orange, yellow, peach, violet, or even salmon tones as the presence and concentration of various elements cause colors to merge. Diamonds are prized for their clearness. They’re worth the most when they are colorless and free of inclusions and other imperfections. Colored gems like Morganite are valued primarily for the quality of their color.
Light colored stones are most common. Deeper tones with more intensity are more rare, and therefore demand a premium in the marketplace. Of course, the other C’s (clarity, cut, and carat weight) also impact the value of each stone, but they always take a backseat to color with these gems.
The Impact of Heat Treating
Since color intensity and saturation are such big drivers of market place value for colored gems, many suppliers take steps to ‘enhance’ the color of their stones. They can do that through a process known as Heat Treating.
When Morganite is enhanced, it’s exposed to heat that can have several impacts on color. First, it’s intensifies color. It’s like adjusting color saturation settings on your television, making colors more vivid. Stones that looked pale and diluted become more vibrant and lively. This color enhancement is a permanent change for the stone, and isn’t superficial. If you have to have the stone re-cut and re-polished again in the future, the color won’t be affected.
While heat treating increases the quantity of richly colored stones that are available for rings, making them affordable for users that love the look, they often don’t carry the same value as non-heat treated stones with similar color qualities. Gemologists can sometimes tell through careful evaluation whether a stone has ever been heat treated, but only when it was exposed to intense heat that left signs in the crystal structure of the stone. When heat treatment is done at lower temperatures, it’s impossible for even then most skilled gem experts to detect.
It’s an understood ethical expectation in the gem and jewelry business that you disclose when a stone has been enhanced in some way, but that doesn’t mean that all sellers do. Your large, more reputable, dealers often try to be diligent with disclosure. In reality, heat treatment won’t matter to most buyers, but it still helps to be informed before making your purchase in case that is an important aspect of your buying decision.
GIA (Gemological Institute of America) can evaluate stones and creates these reports for you if needed. Just to be clear, these aren’t grading reports, no grades are given, they’re simply reports where certain qualities are observed and reported on.
For Morganite, heat treatment, or ‘enhancement,’ is more the rule than the exception. Most Morganite on the market today has been heat treated to improve color quality.
In reality, a bride or groom that just loves the look and history of Morganite, shouldn’t be concerned at all with whether a stone has been heat treated or not. That’s only really of interested to collectors. None of your friends or family members are likely to ever ask if you Morganite was heat treated—you can’t tell just by looking at it.
If you proactively announced that your stone hasn’t been heat treated, the person admiring your ring wouldn’t have the background on the issue to make them appreciate that fact. They might make a comment that sounds like they appreciate that fact, but in reality, they don’t care—why would they, unless they study gems? It’s just not worth the added cost.
The other thing that heat treating does for Morganite is focus the color of a stone. As I mentioned earlier, Morganite can have multiple elements that cause variations of pink, orange, and yellow to be present in the ring. Sometimes that blended color is desirable, other times it isn’t. By heating the stone, you can burn off some of the elements that introduce unwanted colors into the stone. The heat treated stone can become a stronger pink that’s free of the orange or yellow tones that had been present previously, for example.
Other Names Morganite is Known By
Morganite is referred to by a number of less common names. Cesian Beryl, Cesium Beryl, Pink Beryl, Pink Emerald, and Rose Beryl
Morganite is a member of the beryl family (like Emerald and Aquamarine), which is why ‘Beryl’ is so often part of the other names that have been used for the stone. Morganite shows a range of pink colors due to traces of manganese.
Rating Wear Resistance
Morganite is rated a 7.5 to 8 on Mohs Scale of hardness. That means it’s a relatively hard stone, but not as hard as alternatives like sapphire (9) or Moissanite (9.25). Of course diamond is the hardest natural material known to man. Diamond is rated a 10 on the scale.
Morganite is hard enough that it isn’t necessarily fragile, but it likely will collect accidental scratches from bumping up against things over time. Eventually, you may need to have the stone re-cut or re-polished, that shouldn’t be needed until many years down the road though if you’re careful—and may never be needed.
It’s a good idea to avoid using an Ultrasonic cleaners or steamers for your ring, until you have it evaluated by a Gemologist. Morganite can be sensitive to abrupt temperature changes, but the bigger concern, is potential weakness form inclusions or fractures in the stone. It’s a good idea to have a gemologist examine the ring for potential weak points before using a fancy cleaning device.
In the meantime, gently clean your Morganite using warm water, a mild dishsoap (like Dawn), and a baby toothbrush. Be sure to rinse thoroughly and dry the ring completely.
What is Morganite Worth?
Morganite is a rare semi-precious stone. It’s actually one of the most rare members of the Beryl family. The equivalent of a quality 1 carat Morganite stone, would likely be around $300.
Be very cautious when you see ultra cheap Morganite being sold online. The saying, ‘If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is” comes to mind. Quite often (like almost always) those beautiful Morganite stones you see on eBay, and elsewhere online, are just colored glass. I’ve heard from a number of people that have fallen victim to glass sold as Morganite. You’d really have to take your stone to a jeweler, or mail it to a laboratory, to know if your stone is real.
How Can I Test Morganite?
It would hard for you to know, for certain, if a piece of ‘Morganite’ you purchased is actually Morganite, and not colored piece of glass or another type of stone that can look similar (like Kunzite). It might be best to take the stone to a local jeweler for testing.
They can evaluate the ‘stone’ under magnification or do refractive light testing to confirm the stone is Morganite or to let you know that it isn’t. Morganite is about 1.57 on the refractive index. It would probably take the Jeweler less than 5 minutes to test the stone and give you the information that you need.
What Other Morganite Jewelry do Brides Wear?
Buying jewelry accessories that match your ring is so much easier, and more affordable when you’re wearing Morganite than it is with diamond. Brides often purchase Morganite earrings, necklaces, and bracelets that coordinate with the color of their beautiful new ring.
What’s really awesome, is that all of those pieces, combined, are still just a fraction of the total cost of a similar sized diamond ring.
Wasting time and money buying Morganite that turns out to be fake, is frustrating! You feel violated. The fake gem is likely made of glass, so you can’t us it in your engagement ring. This information should help you to shop for your gem more confidently, and avoid getting ripped off.
How can you tell if Morganite is real? There are warning signs that a particular Morganite stone might be fake, but the only way to know for sure, is to have it tested by a laboratory. Certification from respected labs can also help. If a price seems too good to be true, it typically is. Many ultra inexpensive sellers send colored glass.
The more you know about Morganite, the easier it will be to spot a fake Morganite stone. Unfortunately, there are a lot of fakes out there, so you’ll need this information!
What is Morganite?
Morganite is part of the Beryl family, like Emeralds and Aquamarine. It’s a beautiful gem that has coloring that’s often a fusion between peach and pink. The shade looks fantastic with most skin tones, and is especially striking when set in Rose Gold.
Brides that want color and uniqueness for their ring tend to love Morganite. While it’s not the lowest maintenance gem available, it’s rich with natural charm, elegance, and beauty. It also helps that it isn’t terribly expensive, in fact, it’s significantly cheaper than a pink diamond.
Morganite was discovered along the coast of Madagascar in the early 1900’s. It was proposed by a gemologist that had the wealthy banking tycoon JP Morgan as a friend and client, that the stone be renamed after him, which is why it’s called Morganite today.
Prior to the renaming, the gem was known as Pink Beryl or Rose Beryl. Impurities in the stone can often give Morganite a more yellow or orange appearance, so stones are often heated as a means of burning the impurities out of the stone, which increases the beautiful pink coloring that Morganite is famous for.
Morganite is a semi-precious gem. All Morganite is currently mined from the earth, not manufactured in a laboratory. It’s primarily mined in Madagascar and Brazil, but is also harvested from China, Africa, Russia, and a couple of places in the US. It’s actually considered to be a fairly rare gem.
In order for a gem to stand up to the wear and tear that it receives in jewelry, it needs to be at least a 7 on Mohs Scale of Hardness. Mohs Scale, is a 10 point scale that shows the relative hardness of various minerals. The way the scale is structured, the higher the number, the harder the material. Morganite is rated at 7.5 to 8, depending on the specific stone being evaluated. That’s harder than some gems used in engagement rings, and much softer than others.
How Do you Perform a Sniff Test?
A “sniff test,” is a quick evaluation of the simple facts of a transaction to see if something smells “fishy” or strange. It boils down to using your intuition or following your gut. It’s based on the premise, that if something seems too good to be true, then it probably is.
This absolutely true of gems! Being the frugal ring buyer that you are, you might scour the internet looking for the lowest possible price on a nice looking 1 carat, round cut, Morganite stone for your ring.
Your searching takes you to eBay, where you’re able to buy the gem for just $79, instead of the $300 price tag that most other jewelers have for a similar item. It’s probably not much of a stretch to say that 99.9% of all cheap Morganite sold on such sites is colored glass.
Aside from the frustration of wasting time on the item, you also wasted money. If a tight budget was the driver that caused you to go with Morganite instead of a pink diamond or some other gem, then you may have lost $79 that you really couldn’t afford to be without.
You obviously can’t use a stone made out of glass. While it might look just like Morganite for a few days, it isn’t, so it won’t have the same optical qualities or durability.
Based on all of that, it’s a good idea to ask yourself if the piece of Morganite that you’re evaluating is just too cheap to be believable. Is it being sold by a company that has a strong history and reputation? While you can’t let your guard down because of the history and reputation of a company, you’re certainly a lot safer overall buying from those types of sellers.
Not all small sellers are intentionally trying to take advantage of you when they sell you fake Morganite. At least in many cases, they’ve purchased from an international supplier, often from China or India, that has sold loose stones or finished rings that were labeled as Morganite. They bought them believing that they are, and are reselling them with full belief that they contain genuine Morganite.
How Can You Get a Professional Opinion?
If you take a piece of Morganite to a local jeweler, they should be able to quickly tell you if it’s an actual stone, or a piece of glass. They won’t need any fancy electronic equipment to test the stone, a simple Loupe is enough. The Loupe, is the eye piece that jewelers use for magnification. Chances are, that they won’t even charge you just to take a quick look to tell you if it’s glass or stone.
You could even talk to hobbyists that you find in local meetup groups if you’d like. Some of them know a lot and could almost certainly magnify your sample to at least tell you whether it’s an actual stone.
Sending the material that you believe to be Morganite to a laboratory for testing, would probably give you the greatest degree of certainty, but it also costs something for the testing. While rates vary, the test and report is likely to cost approximately $70.
What should Quality Morganite Cost?
A quality piece of Morganite that has nice coloring will typically cost about $300 per carat. Of course some will be a little higher and some will be a little lower, depending on where you buy it and number of other factors.
If you find Morganite that’s substantially more expensive than that, you may want to evaluate whether it’s the right place to purchase your gem. If you find prices substantially lower, you may want to proceed with extreme caution, in case the Morganite they’re selling isn’t real.
If you find a nice looking 1 carat Morganite gem that’s $259, should that raise a red flag. No, not in and of itself. I would strongly consider my confidence in the organization selling the stone though. In contrast, if you found a nice looking 1 carat Morganite ‘gem’ that was $30…run!
How to Can I Protect Myself from Being Scammed?
I mentioned reputation earlier, but that’s a really important component. If the local jeweler or online retailer has been open a long time and has a good reputation, that will help decrease the likelihood of an issue. Read product reviews, if they’re available for the stone or ring that you’re considering if they’re available. Pay special attention to the negative ones.
While product reviews are helpful, don’t take a lack of negative reviews as proof that a particular piece of Morganite is legitimate. Glass pieces could potentially end up fooling a lot of people for a long time.
In addition to specific product reviews, it’s a good idea to also search google and Facebook for reviews left by customers regarding the organization. It’s helpful to read positive reviews, but it’s even more important to read all of the negative reviews. Check the Better Business Bureau (BBB) website for complaints that have been filed against the organization that you’re thinking of buying from as well.
After reading through product reviews and any reviews or complaints regarding the organization, you should have a better feel for the quality of the product and the retailer.
A return policy is a really important protection that you should inquire about. If you had a 30-day return policy on a Morganite ring that you purchased, for example, that would provide a little time to stop by another jeweler to get confirmation that your ring isn’t Morganite colored glass.
Store policies that prohibit returns aren’t unusual or suspicious, but they do limit your flexibility and prohibit you from getting confirmation before you make a commitment to a ring you may not yet know enough about.
A Certification on the stone from a reputable laboratory would add a lot of assurance. Certificates from laboratories that aren’t well known shouldn’t be fully trusted. They could be made up for all you know, or they might essentially certify anything they get paid to provide a certificate for.
One of the biggest challenges with unknown laboratories, is that their grading language can be confusing (sometimes intentionally confusing). They can use terminology for their grades that make a stone appear to be of higher quality than it actually is.
I mentioned problems with both intentional and unintentional misrepresentation of jewelry and stones purchased through sites like eBay earlier. Many other sites that offer a platform to connect buyers and sellers have the same issues. They’re dangerous places to do business because it’s so hard to really know who you’re dealing with and what kind of product they’re offering.
Even when past buyers have glowing things to say about the product, there’s know way of knowing if the reviews are real, if they got the same product you’re buying, if the seller or the seller’s supplier made a change that is going to leave you with something very different than you thought you were buying.
My best advice, is to be frugal, but not foolish when it comes to buying your engagement or wedding ring. Too cheap can sometime be as big a problem as too expensive, because it makes you vulnerable to cheats and scammers.
Is Morganite a Gem That You Can Wear Everyday?
Morganite can be worn everyday if you’re careful with it and your diligent about cleaning it. Some brides enjoy having multiple rings and changing them based on their mood and outfits. Rotating your rings means they see less wear and tear, but also require less frequent cleaning.
Will Morganite Pass for Pink Diamond?
Yes, many people might mistake a Morganite gem for a pink diamond. Jewelers and gemologists could tell them apart, but Morganite is beautiful, and massively cheaper than the diamond.
Which Other Gems are Colorful and Durable?
Stones like Ruby, Emerald, Sapphire, and Topaz come in a variety of gorgeous colors and are worth looking into for a distinctive engagement ring or wedding ring. You may even want to look into colored Moissanite. All of those potential candidates are, at least, as hard as Morganite. Hardness equals scratch resistance, which helps your ring looker longer.
If you’re looking at great diamond alternatives for your engagement ring or wedding ring, Moissanite and Morganite could both be options worth considering, but what are their strengths and weaknesses?
Which is better, Moissanite or Morganite? Moissanite is the best choice, if durability is your main concern. It also has a great deal more sparkle than Morganite. Moissanite can be color treated to look similar to Morganite if desired. All Moissanite is lab made. If wearing a mined stone is important to you, Morganite may be the better fit.
If you’re still on the fence about which stone might work best for your ring, read on. I’ll get into the details that should help you come to a decision that you’ll ultimately be really happy with!
The History of Moissanite and Morganite
Morganite is a rare semi-precious stone mined from the earth. It was originally discovered in Madagascar, and along the coast of California. Madagascar and Brazil have had the largest deposits, but it has also been mined in Afghanistan, China, Africa, Russia and the US.
A Gemologist by the name of George Kunz proposed that the stone be renamed after his friend and client JP Morgan. The change was approved, and the beautiful new stone was given the banking tycoon’s name.
Like Emerald and Aquamarine, Morganite is from the Beryl family. In fact, prior to being renamed in 1911, Morganite was known as Pink Beryl or Rose Beryl.
Morganite is a birthstone for people born between October 22 and November 20. It’s primarily known for its elegant peachy-pink coloring.
Natural Moissanite is far more rare than Morganite. It was discovered in 1893 as a Chemist was studying the site of a meteorite impact. He believed that some small crystals he found were diamond, but years later was able to identify them as Silicon Carbide. The stone that Silicon Carbide forms is an extremely hard, and similar in appearance to diamond. The stone was named Moissanite in honor of this Chemist, Henri Moissan.
The site of meteorite strikes is still one of the only places that Moissanite can be found. When it is found, it’s only found in small quantities. If only natural Moissanite was sold for jewelry, it would be unbelievably expensive because of its scarcity. Fortunately, Moissanite can be manufactured in labs, making it both available and affordable. In fact, 100% of the Moissanite used in jewelry is lab created.
Color Facts and Options
If you want something for your engagement or wedding ring that’s a little non-traditional, Morganite may be a beautiful option. Its color is often a fusion of pink and peach, though it can vary in specific shade. The natural color comes from the influence of the mineral Manganese in the gem.
Morganite can be especially stunning when paired with a rose gold band. The color of the gem and the metal just complement each other so well!
Moissanite is a stone that naturally comes in shades ranging form clear and colorless to some hue of yellow or brown. They can also be colored by various processes to take on nearly any coloring that you’d like. As with Diamonds, the clearest stones sell at a premium.
Neither Moissanite or Morganite should have ring color that fades, or otherwise changes with time. Having said that, Morganite often has an appearance change. It isn’t necessarily a change in color though, and it can be remedied or avoided. Read about clouding below to learn more.
Moissanite and Morganite as Diamond Alternatives
Mined diamonds are expensive. Lab created diamonds cost less, but even those may be outside the reach of many. While some truly can’t afford a the price tag for a diamond, others decide that just can’t justify the cost. There are so many other areas of their life that they’d rather park the money that a diamond engagement ring would require.
The decide instead to purchase a diamond simulant like Moissanite or Morganite that are beautiful in their own right. Either ring costs a fraction of what a diamond of similar size and quality would, so they can use their savings to pay down debt, cover other wedding expenses, get into a home, or save for the future.
For many, Morganite looks like a pink diamond. But there are some differences in the two gems. If you’re looking for a simulant that looks as much like a diamond as possible, Moissanite would be a much better alternative. In terms of appearance and durability, it’s probably the best look alike available.
If you like the color of the Morganite, but otherwise want the brilliant diamond like look of a cut Moissanite, you can purchase a pink Moissanite in the shade you like best. The colored Moissanite is like having your cake, and eating it too!
If you want a sparkly ring, cut is a critical consideration. If fact, it’s the most critical consideration. An Emerald cut is beautiful, but it’s intended to display the clarity of the stone…not sparkle. Make sure you get the cut that accentuates the right the qualities that you want to display most.
Sparkle is an area where Moissanite and Morganite are fairly different. Well cut Morganite is beautiful and sparkles, but not to the degree of Moissanite. My mom is the biggest fan of sparkle I know. She loves glitter, sequins, and anything that flashes brilliantly.
Knowing that, if my mother was trying to decide between Morganite and Moissanite for a replacement wedding ring, I would strongly recommend Moissanite. It has greater fire and brilliance. She would love moving her hand back and forth under light and watching the sparkles dance across her ring.
The Durability of both Gems
In order to objectively talk about durability, we need to understand the hardness of both stones. Mohs Scale of Hardness is a 10 point scale that identifies how hard particular minerals are in relation to other items.
To make the scale, NAME Mohs gathered ten minerals, arranged them in order of hardness and then assigned a number to each mineral, with 1 going to Talc (the softest material) and 10 being assigned to diamond (the hardest) for example.
The system provides a helpful way to communicate about the hardness of a material, but it isn’t perfect. For example an item with a rating of 8.5 seems to be nearly as hard an item that has a rating of 9, but that isn’t necessarily the case. The numbers aren’t evenly spaced.
The scale really just shows arrangement, meaning that higher numbered minerals could scratch lower numbered minerals, but lower numbered minerals can’t scratch higher numbered minerals.
On the Mohs Scale, Morganite is rated a 7.5 to 8, while Moissanite is a 9.25. While Morganite isn’t considered a soft stone, it’s substantially softer than Moissanite. That means that it’s more likely to pick up accidental scratches as you go about your everyday life. I recently heard from an office worker that absolutely adores her Morganite engagement ring, but she was shocked that it collects little scratches as she goes about her normal daily routine.
Moissanite is an incredibly hard gem that’s extremely scratch resistant. Notice that I didn’t say scratch proof. It’s even possible to scratch a diamond, but the harder the stone in your ring, the less likely it is that your gem will get scratched.
In addition to scratching, softer gems are also more prone to chipping. It’s a good idea to look for a setting that will protect your stone as much as possible. Sometimes a diamond halo around your Morganite stone can be both beautiful to look at and functional for protection of your center stone.
Maintaining Your Gem
As small scratches accumulated on the surface of your ring over time, it can have a real muting effect on the original sparkle that you loved about your e-ring. If you go with a Morganite and find that it collects small scratches over time, you can always have the stone repolished down the road. That process should restore the ring to its original beauty.
It’s very common for Morganite to get cloudy. It can happen in just days, but know that it’s a problem that has an easy solution. Dirt and oils are typically the things that cause morganite to cloud up. The best way to address the issue, is to carefully wash your ring at least one every week or two.
Start by soaking your ring for a few minutes in warm water. Warm is best. It starts the process of loosening up gunk without shocking your ring with extreme temperatures. Next, grab some mild dish soap and a soft baby toothbrush (the softer the better). Scrub the ring thoroughly, but gently, with the warm soapy water. Be patient and make sure to get all the way around the gem if you can.
Natural oils from your hands and dirt from your environment combine and get lodged under your stone and all around your prongs. The oil dulls the look of your ring, so taking the time to scrub it out will help bring the sparkle back.
One you finish scrubbing the ring, rinse it well and then dab it as dry as possible with a soft and clean towel. Finally, use a hairdryer on a cool or warm setting to finish drying the ring in all it’s corners and crevices. Cleaning your ring regularly will help it maintain the beautiful color and sparkle that you originally fell in love with.
Here are some other best practices for protecting your engagement ring. They’re valuable regardless of what your e-ring is made of, but the guidelines are especially important if you’re wearing Morganite to keep it from getting cloudy.
Don’t wear your ring in the shower.
Take off your ring before doing your hair.
Don’t wear your ring while doing the dishes or other house work (especially those that put your hand in contact with chemicals or cleaning agents).
Remove your ring before applying hand sanitizer or hand lotion. Wait 10 minutes or so before putting it back on afterward.
Morganite could be a ring that you wear everyday if you stay on top of maintenance and are careful with it, but many people have chosen to have more than one ring, and to wear theri beautiful Morganite just occasionally when they have a special occasion or it fits a particular outfit well.
As you start shopping for your engagement ring, you’ll notice a wide range of prices. You have to be really careful. Often when something seems too good to be true, it is. If a 6.5mm (approximately 1 carat) Moissanite or Morganite stone is being sold for $12, for example, you’re likely to actually get some form of glass or plastic that looks like the stone, but isn’t. It’s a waste of your time and money.
At the other extreme, you may find retailers that list a similar 6.5 mm stone for $1,200. Some retailers have higher markups than others. Don’t get discouraged if you see some really expensive stones for sale out there. There may be legitimate reasons for the high price of some of the stones you see, but chances are, that you’ll be able to find something that fits your budget well if you keep looking.
I just did a quick search of some reputable retailers and found the following prices for 1 carat stones with size and quality that was as similar as possible.
These are pretty average rates for quality stones with good color, but some may be a little higher or a little lower. If you find stones that are way higher or way lower, you should spend a little more time investigating the quality of the gem that you’re looking at and the reputation of the company offering it.
Does Morganite Have Healing Properties?
There’s a great deal of lore in various cultures regarding Morganite. It’s thought of as a gem that facilitates increased relaxation and health. It’s believed to help with energy flow through the body. Based on many years of legend, it’s believed that Morganite can keep you safe while traveling and provide a host of benefits to your emotional and physical well-being, including:
The ability to maintain a positive disposition during times of extreme stress.
An increase in emotional connection with others.
Improving the oxygen supply to the cells of your body.
Improvement of energy levels.
While you may or may not notice all of those benefits as you enjoy wearing your beautiful Morganite ring, it adds to the charm and meaning of your ring.
Which Diamond Alternatives are Most Durable?
If you want a colored stone, but would like to explore additional options, you may want to also look into Sapphire, Ruby, Emerald, and Topaz. While not as hard as Moissanite, all of these gems are at least as hard as Morganite, and are among the more scratch resistant gems available.
How Resistant is Morganite to Heat?
All Beryls seem to sensitive to extreme heat. Their color can fade if exposed to heat above 932 degree fahrenheit. While that won’t affect the way you wear the ring, Jewelers do have to cautious with the use of soldering irons around Morganite and other members of the Beryl family.